Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 weeks ago

Johnson threw a scoreless eighth inning Saturday, giving up one hit and striking out one, to notch his 11th hold of the season.

With Jason Grilli back in the closer role after his recent back spasms, Johnson is once again the Braves' main set-up man. However he's been used he's been pitching well, and now sports a 2.95 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio in 18.1 innings on the season.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Johnson earned his second save of the season Monday against the Reds with Jason Grilli (back spasms) unavailable.

Johnson had been serving as the setup man for the Braves. With Grilli not on the disabled list, expect him to return to the closer's role soon. Johnson's ERA is down to 3.52 after it was as high as 5.63 earlier this season.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Johnson could see some save chances should Jason Grilli (back spasms) not be able to pitch this week.

Grilli is considered day-to-day for now, but was unavailable over the weekend. Johnson's worth a short-term look if you need saves.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 1 month ago

Johnson allowed a pair of runs on three hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out one over an inning of work to record his fourth hold in Atlanta's 8-7 win over Toronto on Friday night.

After the Braves dealt closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego, the pair of Johnson and Jason Grilli were thrust into the late inning roles for the Braves. Both had been performing exceptionally well before this little blemish (Grilli did record his fifth save with a clean ninth inning in this one), but Johnson has gone through stretches of extreme volatility over the past couple of seasons.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 months ago

Johnson recorded his first save of the season Saturday against the Mets.

Johnson gave up one hit in one inning of work. He threw 11 strikes out of his 16 pitches Saturday to get through the inning. He has yet to give up a run on the year.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 months ago

Johnson tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in the Braves' win over the Marlins on Monday.

He picked up a hold for the effort, finishing the seventh inning before handling the Marlins in the eighth. Jason Grilli earned the save Monday, and Johnson is likely the next in line option to work the ninth inning if an injury or bout of ineffectiveness derails Grilli in the near future.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 months ago

Johnson will serve as the Braves' top setup man to begin the year, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Johnson's proven success as a closer -- he saved more games than anyone in baseball while with Baltimore from 2012-13 -- made him a logical choice for a higher-leverage role after Craig Kimbrel was dealt to the Padres. Manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed that Johnson will set up new closer Jason Grilli, and will be next in line for opportunities when Grilli needs a day off.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 months ago

Johnson might be in the mix to close for the Braves following the Craig Kimbrel trade.

The Braves haven't said yet who will close, but the two most likely candidates for now are Jason Grilli and Johnson. Grilli is probably the more likely option, having actually been effective in the second half of last season, unlike Johnson.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 2 months ago

Johnson could be used in multi-inning stints this season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "That's something we have spoken about, with (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell), and I think it's a good thing," manager Fredi Gonzales said. "(Johnson) wants to do it. That gives you nice little flexibility. You can't do it three days in a row. You might go an inning and a third, or an inning and two-thirds. But it gives you a little flexibility that he can do that."

Johnson, who led the majors in saves from 2012-13 with 101, has worked exclusively in one-inning stints with the big club so far this spring. However, he made a two-inning appearance on the minor league side last week, and he's scheduled to pitch more than one inning Saturday. The 31-year-old right-hander struggled mightily in 54 appearances between Oakland and Detroit last season (7.09 ERA), but he will look to recoup some value with Atlanta this year before hitting the open market again in the winter.

Jim Johnson RP ATL 9 months ago

Johnson made his Tigers debut Sunday, giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, striking out one while recording just two outs.

The location changes but the results remain the same for Johnson, who also didn't pitch all that great at Triple-A Toledo before getting called up by the Tigers.